Offer vocational education as a stream for Class X students, says Sharada Prasad panel

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 11, 2018

Ministry seeks public comments on panel report

A National Vocational Education and Training System that proposes vocational education and training (VET) as another stream for a Class X school student, apart from humanities, science, commerce, technical education or medical education, has been proposed by the Sharada Prasad Committee in its report to the Centre.

The panel report, set up to “review, rationalise and optimise” the functioning of industry-led and governed sector skill councils (SSCs), has been put up for public comments by May 10, on the website of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE).

“The Ministry is now in the process of examining the report and the recommendations made therein,” an official release said.

‘Review NSDC’

Noting “many cases of serious conflict of interest”, the three-volume report has also called for a review of the role and functioning of National Skill Development Council (NSDC), a public-private partnership, with reference to its Memorandum of Association to create a strong oversight mechanism.

“The NSDC had not followed any standard criteria for creation of SSCs which, not only increased the number of SSCs but also created overlapping jurisdictions,” the report noted.

The report has also suggested promotion of Vocational Education and Training Colleges to run certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and degree level courses, and has favoured making in-plant apprenticeship training an integral part of the VET system, as in Germany and many other countries.

“There are 17 Ministries in addition to the MSDE, which are doing skill development. However, nobody owns the National VET standards,” says the report, while recommending that MSDE should become the owner of all national 169 VET standards and be accountable for skilling of youth.

The report, while noting the commitment of industry toward training only when they contribute and are closely involved, also recommended a Reimbursable Industry Contribution of about 2 per cent of the annual wage bill, which should be collected from all small, medium and large enterprises employing 10 or more persons.

The committee was constituted by the MSDE on May 18, 2016.

Published on May 02, 2017

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